The Journey of
HAROLD VARNER III
Varner is one of just a handful of African-American professional golfers. He won the Australian PGA Championship in December 2016.
Born in Akron, Ohio, August 15, 1990 but raised in Gastonia, North Carolina where he played golf at Forestview High School. He played his collegiate golf at East Carolina University and was the first player in school history to be named Conference USA player of the year. He also competed in the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.
December 2016, Varner earned his first professional golf victory by winning the Australian PGA Championship, a tournament co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour. He is only the second American to win the Australian PGA Championship and the first since Hale Irwin won it in 1978. Harold is also the winner of the 2019 Calvin Peete Award which is awarded to one of the top leaders in the community.
Harold recently launched the HV3 Foundation which aims to provide affordable access to youth in sports. Currently, the foundation runs three Junior Golf events for kids. Two of them being more local based and one of them being on a national level with the AJGA. Yearly proceeds are donated to Carolinas Golf Association and Youth on Course. Youth on Course ia a national program which allows kids to play golf for just $5. Harold has often said sports can make a kid's life better, so he sees it as very important to make sure ALL KIDS have access to their sport of choice. As of to date we have seen over 45,000+ YOC members play over 750,000+ subsidized rounds. Harold has huge aspirations to start making the same impact in other sports over the next few years.